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Shillong shows signs of recovery

first_imgGUWAHATI: Meghalaya capital Shillong showed signs of recovery on Tuesday with no reports of violence since Monday night and local NGOs convinced that the state government would take steps to relocate the residents of Punjabi Lane from the heart of the city.East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner P.S. Dkhar said curfew continued to remain in force in 14 affected localities while the timing for the rest of the city is for 13 hours from 4 pm to 5 am. “We are not taking any chances,” he said, adding a decision has not been taken yet on restoring internet and messaging services on mobile phones.last_img read more

7 civilians killed in Pulwama

first_imgSeven people, including a Class VIII student, died and around 37 were injured on Saturday during intense clashes with security forces in Pulwama following the killing of three militants in an encounter. One soldier was also killed and another injured in the operation.The death of seven civilians in protests, “mostly due to bullet injuries in the upper body” as per hospital records from Pulwama and Srinagar, is the highest so far this year. Earlier in October, six civilians died in a blast at an encounter site in Kulgam.Director-General of Police Dilbagh Singh said an FIR had been lodged.According to the police, the security forces encircled a group of Hizbul Mujahideen in the Monghama area of Sirnoo.The slain militants were identified as Zahoor Ahmad Thoker, Adnan alias Tahir Hizbi and Bilal Ahmad alias Hashim, all from Pulwama. “Thokar had deserted the Army’s 173 Territorial Army along with service rifle in 2017 and joined the Hizbul Mujahiden as a commander. He was involved in a series of attacks on security forces,” said the police.Locals alleged that “security forces opened indiscriminate fire at a group of protesters after the encounter was over at Sirnoo village”, away from the encounter site. However, the police said the operation was on when the protesters attacked security personnel with stones.Hospitals overwhelmedDoctors at the Pulwama District Hospital said they “worked under chaotic conditions with a stream of injured people admitted within an hour”.“Six were declared brought dead. All the victims had died of bullet injuries. It was a chaotic situation. We attended to 32 injured, with both bullet and pellet injuries,” Medical Superintendent of Pulwama district hospital, Dr. Abdul Rashid Parra told The Hindu.Dr. Saleem Tak, medical superintendent at Srinagar’s SMHS hospital, told The Hindu, the hospital admitted five grievously injured persons. “Three had bullet wounds and two bore pellet injuries. One was declared dead on arrival. Others are stable now,” he said.Governor Satya Pal Malik reviewed the security situaion and directed the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir “to inquire the Pulwama incident and suggest precautions to minimise civilian casualties in anti-militancy operations”.last_img read more

Missing Odisha woman found dead in Pune, one held

first_imgA young married woman missing from Odisha’s Ganjam district since March 11 was found murdered in Pune in Maharasthtra.A police team from Pune with the support of the local police arrested a youth named Sindhu Pradhan from the Jarada police station area of Ganjam district on Monday. The Pune police took him on remand for further investigation, said Jarada police station inspector in-charge Mrutyunjay Swain.According to police sources, the body of Pinky Pradhan (23) was recovered from a locked rented house in the Koregaon area of Pune on April 20. She was a final year student of +3 degree course at Bharatpati college in Samantiapalli of Ganjam district.Missing since March 11 In February 2019, she had got married to a youth from the Mandasa area in Srikakulam district of adjoining Andhra Pradesh. In March, she had returned home to appear for her examinations. But she went missing on March 11 and her family members registered a complaint with the police.Initial investigation hinted that she had known Sindhu Pradhan and both fled to Pune, where they started staying in a rented house. During a fight between the two, the accused allegedly beat her to death and returned to his home at Deshari village in Ganjam district. The Pune police came to know about the murder only when owner of the house complained of foul stench emanating from the house.According to the Pune police, the post-mortem has revealed that the deceased had undergone an abortion and had been physically tortured.last_img read more

Scientific Shock: Sweet Potato Originated in India, Not The Americas

first_imgThe sweet potato isn’t a potato, and now we know it isn’t from the Americas either, as had been thought, after a 57-million-year-old fossil looking very much like an ancestor of the tuber was found in India.The fossil leaves found in Meghalaya, northeast India, have the hallmarks of morning glory – a vast family of flowering plants that includes sweet potatoes.Read it at Related Itemslast_img

Imran Tahir, Hashim Amla power South Africa to big win over West Indies

first_imgHashim Amla struck 110 off 99 balls and leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed a record haul of 7/45 on Wednesday as South Africa defeated the West Indies by 139 runs in the limited-overs tri-series. (Scorecard)The Proteas’ total of 343/4 off 50 overs was built around an opening stand of 182 between Amla and Quinton de Kock, who scored 71 off 103 balls. Faf du Plessis contributed an unbeaten 73 off 50 deliveries.TAHIR’S RECORD HAULThe West Indies’ chase was undermined by man-of-the-match Tahir’s performance as the home team was bowled out for 204 in 38 overs.The 37-year-old Tahir became the first South African to claim seven wickets in a one-day international, and his figures were the ninth-best of all time.Left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took 2/41 for the South Africans. Johnson Charles’ 49 off 41 balls was the top-score for the West Indies.AMLA – THE MILESTONE MANEarlier, Amla’s 23rd ODI century, and fifth against the West Indies, included 13 fours and provided the anchor for South Africa’s total. Sent in, Amla and de Kock added 52 in the first 10 overs and continued to plunder the varied West Indies attack on a true batting surface.The 33-year-old Amla became the fourth South African to pass 1,000 runs against the West Indies when on 63.West Indies got a boost when both openers fell within three runs – Amla hitting Pollard to long-off, while de Kock was yorked by Jerome Taylor at 185-2 in the 35th over.But du Plessis shared successive half-century stands with Chris Morris (40) and AB de Villiers (27) to ensure a grandstand finish.HOW WINDIES LOST MOMENTUM advertisementThe West Indies’ reply got off to a rousing start from Charles and Andre Fletcher, who scored 69 in nine overs.But after Farhaan Behariden pouched a fine catch at deep midwicket to dismiss Fletcher off Tahir, the innings lost momentum.Shamsi got Charles and Denesh Ramdin, and Darren Bravo was bowled by left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell as the hosts slipped to 121-4.Marlon Samuels was caught behind, providing Tahir with his 100th ODI wicket. The veteran Tahir, in his 58th match, is the fastest South African to the landmark.The West Indies lower order folded meekly, losing the last five wickets all to Tahir for 35 runs.South Africa lead the three-team standings with 10 points, with Australia second on nine and the West Indies on eight. Each team has two wins and two losses, with South Africa ahead due to bonus points and a superior net run rate.The seventh match in the series will be played on Sunday between Australia and South Africa at Bridgetown, Barbados.After two more round-robin games next week – between Australia and the West Indies on Tuesday and West Indies and South Africa on June 24, the leading two teams will meet in the tournament final on June 26.last_img read more

PBA: KJ McDaniels show as TNT holds off Rain or Shine for 2-0 start

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—TNT leaned on KJ McDaniels’ all-around brilliance to hold off Rain or Shine, 103-91, in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Troy Rosario scored 16, including a 3-pointer from the right corner off a set up by Jayson Castro that pushed the lead back to 10, 96-86, with 3:31 left after Rain or Shine came within four.Castro added 15 points and seven assists while Roger Pogoy and Don Trollano chipped in 12 apiece.“The locals stepped up. We just hope to play that way and even better every game.”Elasto Painters import Joel Wright had 20 points with his last basket cutting the KaTropa’s advantage down to four, 90-86, with still 4:39 remaining.But Rain or Shine’s comeback bid took a devastating blow after Wright got called for a flagrant foul penalty 1 at the 3:50 mark for tripping Rosario allowing TNT to pull away.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Encho Serrano ends his slump with a career-best showing for La Salle MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Playing with reckless abandon, McDaniels anchored his team on both ends finishing with 37 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and five blocks to propel the KaTropa to a 2-0 start.“We just have to continue to keep working hard. Get as much win as we can. It’s only going to get harder in the coming games and it’s not easy beating Rain or Shine. They’re a tough team,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“I told him we need him to be consistent in scoring because the locals will follow his lead,” Ravena said of McDaniels, who is coming off a 41-point, 22-rebound outing in a 135-107 win over Blackwater three nights ago.McDaniels, a late second round pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 NBA Draft, also drew ample help as four locals wound up in double-digits. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Javee Mocon tallied 19 while James Yap had 18 for the Painters (1-2).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Rishabh Pant is definitely a powerhouse to keep an eye out for: David Warner

first_imgLike every edition of the Indian Premier League, young Indian players get the golden opportunity to showcase their talent in front of millions of cricket-crazy fans around the country. This season  has been no different, with the likes of Nitish Rana, Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan grabbing the limelight.But, Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner, though conceding the talents of Nitish Rana and Ishan Kishan, thinks that Rishabh Pant is more special out of the three.”All three are different, but I think Rishabh Pant is special. His stroke play from ball one has been just exceptional in a couple of occasions.  He is definitely a powerhouse to keep an eye out for,” the Orange Cap holder said, when asked about the three young Indian batsmen, who have impressed him in this season of the Indian Premier League.Rishabh Pant produced a sensational 43-ball 97 to guide Delhi Daredevils to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Gujarat Lions last Thursday, a knock which caught the attention of the whole nation.Yuvraj Singh also had praise the 19-year-old Delhi boy. He said, ” They all are doing well, I just fell that Rishabh has a very dynamic game. he is very young, he is getting better with every season. He will be definitely be the player in the future. Ishan Kishan looks promising, so does Nitish Rana, but Rishabh has just a extra bit of talent.”Words of praise have been raining down on the young batsmen with Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and his coach Rahul Dravid at the Delhi Daredevils.advertisementlast_img read more

Champions Trophy Final: Pakistan were more intense and passionate than India, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli tried to put up a brave face after India’s crushing defeat to Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval.India won the toss and decided it was a great idea to put Pakistan in to bat. After all, chasing has been their big strength and why not play to your strength in a big profile? Even if that meant chasing against the best bowling attack in the tournament.As luck would have it, Jasprit Bumrah bowled a no-ball early in the Pakistani innings and the beneficiary Fakhar Zaman went on to slam his maiden hundred. Thanks to some listless Indian bowling, Pakistan smashed 338/4 and India’s response was a disaster. Mohammad Amir tore apart the Indian top-order and the rest of the line-up caved in without a fight.However, despite the disappointment, Kohli was all grace and smiles and said all the right things at the post-match presentation ceremony . Dutifully, he congratulated Pakistan and said the victory spoke “volumes of the talent they have.””I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an amazing tournament. The way they turned things around, speaks volumes for the talent they have.”They proved it again – they can upset anyone on their day. It was disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final. (India vs Pakistan Final: Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali break 21-year-old record in dominating start)”Credit to them that they outplayed us in all departments,” said Kohli.advertisementWhat will hurt Indian fans is the abject surrender. India, the high and mighty, were blown away by a team of unpredictable players. There was no semblance of a fight and Kohli conceded Pakistan were more intense on the big day.”This is what happens in sport. We can’t take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day. With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities. We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive,” Kohli said.On the eve of the final, Kohli insisted on the need to be calm while Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said his players were super-excited about the game. The mental preparation seemed to be much on the part of the Pakistanis, who were ready to treat this one like a special game.last_img read more

Greece Stun Lithuania to Advance to the Quarter-Finals (Video)

first_imgCONSTANTINOPLE (FIBA EuroBasket 2017) – An inspired Greece produced a major boil over upsetting Group B winners Lithuania 77-64 to advance to the Quarter-Finals.After struggling in the Group Phase and needing a victory over Poland to secure a spot to Istanbul, an energetic Greece dominated the Round of 16 clash from the get go, through hot shooting and tenacious defense, FIBA reported.Lithuania made a run in the final quarter clawing back the deficit to just 4 points midway through the period but Greece would not be denied to cap off a remarkable turnaround after their campaign was hanging by a thread just days ago.“Slouky Luke” with an incredible performance (21pts, 5reb and 4ast) carries @HellenicBF to the #EuroBasket2017 Quarter-Finals 🔥! pic.twitter.com/v7nnrdHOiP— FIBA (@FIBA) September 9, 2017Greece was led by Kostas Sloukas’ 21 points and they are suddenly oozing with confidence ahead of a Quarter-Final clash with either Croatia or Russia. It is the first time Lithuania miss out on the Quarter-Finals since 2009 and it was their first loss to Greece in a FIBA EuroBasket since 1997.Greece’s Ioannis Bourousis dunks the ball during their Eurobasket European Basketball Championship round of 16 match against Lithuania, in Istanbul, Saturday, Sept. 9. 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Greece’s Nick Calathes, right, drives to the basket as Lithuania’s Arturas Milaknis tries to block him during their Eurobasket European Basketball Championship round of 16 match in Istanbul, Saturday, Sept. 9. 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Greece’s Thanasis Antetokounmpo, left ,celebrates with Kostas Sloukas during their Eurobasket European Basketball Championship round of 16 match against Lithuania, in Istanbul, Saturday, Sept. 9. 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Greece’s players celebrate after their Eurobasket European Basketball Championship round of 16 match against Lithuania, in Istanbul, Saturday, Sept. 9. 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Maria Sharapova to return to action at Mallorca Open

first_imgFormer world number one Maria Sharapova is set to return to the tour after accepting a wildcard entry at the Mallorca Open, four months after undergoing surgery on her right shoulder.The Russian has not competed since she withdrew from a second-round match at the WTA St Petersburg Ladies Trophy in January and she skipped the entire claycourt season, including the French Open.I’m very happy… to announce that I’m going to accept the wild card to play the Mallorca Open, the 32-year-old said in a statement.I want to thank the tournament for the opportunity it gives me and all my incredible fans who have been supporting me in recent months.The Mallorca Open, a warm-up grasscourt tournament for players before Wimbledon, begins on June 17 and the draw will also feature other former world number ones such as defending Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka.Also Read | French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to clinch 12th title at Roland GarrosAlso Read | French Open 2019: Marketa Vondrousova will be new face of Czech tennis, says Hana MandlikovaAlso Seelast_img read more

Australian Sport Awards – Nominations Open

first_imgThe Confederation of Australian Sport in now seeking your nominations to highlight the outstanding achievements from our athletes, teams, coaches, volunteers, officials and other industry stakeholders throughout the 2008 calendar year.The nomination process will be the same as previous years, through our online system.  Please find below a link to the nominations website so you can enter a nomination in one or each of the categories.Please click here to enter your nominationsNEW AWARDSGOLD AWARDS*Male Athlete of the Year with a Disability*Female Athlete of the Year with a Disability(* formerly Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability)SILVER AWARDS§                     Sports Chiropractor of the YearEXISTING AWARDSGOLD AWARDS§                     Male Athlete of the Year§                     Female Athlete of the Year§                     International Team of the Year§                     National Team of the Year SILVER AWARDS§                     Young Australian Male Athlete of the Year§                     Young Australian Female Athlete of the Year§                     Young Australian Team of the Year§                     Coach of the Year§                     Executive of the Year§                     Sport Media Award§                     Official of the Year§                     Information Technology§                     Volunteer of the Year§                     Community Athlete of the Year §                     Sports Tourism Award§                     Masters Athlete of the Year§                     Masters Team of the YearNominations for the Australian Sport Awards close on Sunday 30 November 2008, if you have any questions on the process or are having difficulties accessing the nomination website and would prefer to complete a manual nomination form, please contact giulia.marion@casevents.com or phone (08) 8202 0001.last_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl admits Soares not in his plans

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl admits Soares not in his plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits Cedric Soares is not in his immediate plans.The 27-year-old has been unable to force his way back into contention and has been challenged to prove his worth as he competes with Valery and Ramsay.“After his injury it’s always the same, if the guys who play in your position do it well you are out and you have to wait,” said former Red Bull Leipzig coach Hasenhuttl.“At the moment he stands behind. If he gets a chance he must show he deserves to play.” last_img read more

Prince Michael Updated on Work of MGI

first_imgHis Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent, was given an insight into the work of the Mona Geoinformatics Institute (MGI) in Jamaica’s national road safety programme, when he visited the University of the West Indies (UWI) based institution, on April 16.The visit formed part of the itinerary for the Prince’s five-day working visit to the island, from April 15 to 19, as special guest of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC).[RELATED: Prince Michael Lauds Jamaicans]During a brief roundtable discussion and presentation, MGI Director, Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee, informed the Prince that the institute, which conducts wide ranging research, was tasked to undertake a road safety analysis for Jamaica.He said the MGI has been able to generate data with accompanying imagery on some 74,000 motor vehicle accidents which have occurred since January 1, 2000. “We really want to provide evidence-based intervention. We are going to use data, (and) we are going to use facts, to help drive and inform policies. We have researchers (at the UWI) doing many different things that can be brought to bear on addressing very specific issues related to the development of national objectives and policies. Here at the institute, we already work very closely with the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA) and National Works Agency,” he said.Dr. Lyew-Ayee said the data generated will facilitate the identification of challenges arising along roadways prone to frequent accidents; better inform the police of the points where they can enhance their vigilance, thereby reducing poor road usage by motorists and pedestrians and, ultimately accidents and fatalities; and enhance public awareness and education.“Here, at the University, we hope to set up a regional road safety centre that will look at data analysis, policy development, and bring our research capacity to bear (on reducing road accidents and fatalities),” he added.Director of Road Safety at the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Foundation, Adrian Walsh, who is part of the Prince’s party, commended the work of the MGI.“I think this is really fantastic. This compares with any country in the world in terms of the quality of the data,” Mr. Walsh said.The Prince and members of his party were then taken on a tour of the MGI’s facilities, before departing the UWI.The Prince is the Royal Patron for the Commission for Global Road Safety and Patron of the non-profit organisation, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Both organizations have been leading advocates in the fight to reduce road traffic injuries and deaths.He is also Patron for the Institute of the Motor Industry, as well as founder and patron of the Prince Michael Road Safety Award Scheme. Additionally, he is President of the Institute of Road Safety Officers and is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Highways and Transportation.The Prince, who arrived in the island on April 15, is on a five-day visit as the special guest of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.Prince Michael will depart the island on Friday, April 19.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Hapag-Lloyd Increases Port Coverage in WMX Service

first_imgzoom German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd said that it plans to revise its West Africa Mediterranean Express (WMX) service effective end of July 2016.The upgraded West Africa Mediterranean Express (WMX) will feature an increased port coverage with the ports of La Spezia, Genoa and Takoradi, with sailings every 8 days from and to the Mediterranean, according to the company.Hapag-Lloyd said that the port rotation will be the following: La Spezia – Genoa (Genoa & Messina Terminal) – Tarragona – Valencia – Algeciras (TTIA & APMT) – Tangier – Dakar – Tin Can – Tema – Takoradi (which will be called twice a month) – Abidjan – La Spezia.“With the revised WMX service together with our WAX (West Africa Express), we will have a further enhanced West African Network, with competitive transit times from the Mediterranean to West Africa and vice versa,” the company said.Tarragona, Valencia, as well as Algeciras and Tangier are used as connecting ports for transshipment from and to North America, Latin America, as well as from and to Far East.The West Africa Mediterranean Express (WMX) will commence in week 30 at La Spezia with the 2,478 TEU MV Vivien A voyage 0116S, ETS La Spezia July 30, 2016.last_img read more

More than 200 cases tossed over delays since Supreme Courts Jordan decision

first_imgVANCOUVER – More than 200 criminal cases across the country have been tossed due to unreasonable delays since the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark Jordan decision one year ago, court data shows.The cases include murders, sexual assaults, drug trafficking and child luring, all stayed by judges because the defendant’s constitutional right to a timely trial was infringed.While provinces and the federal government have taken steps over the past year to speed up Canada’s sluggish courts, legal observers say more drastic and urgent changes are needed.“Not nearly enough has been done by the government in order to repair this crumbling system,” said Rick Woodburn, president of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel.“Until the government views the justice system as a priority, we’ll continue to see murderers set free.”Advocates say governments must provide more funding for every facet of the system, including judges, Crown attorneys, legal aid and infrastructure. Ottawa is also being urged to reverse decisions made under the previous Conservative government to expand mandatory minimum sentences and to close three of six RCMP forensic labs in the country.The Jordan decision, as it has come to be known, was issued on July 8, 2016, when the high court ruled the drug convictions in British Columbia of Barrett Richard Jordan must be set aside due to unreasonable delay.In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the old means of determining whether proceedings had taken too long were inadequate. Under the new framework, unreasonable delay was to be presumed if proceedings topped 18 months in provincial court or 30 months in superior court.In a dissenting opinion, a minority called the new framework unwarranted and unwise, warning it could lead to thousands of prosecutions being thrown out.The Canadian Press requested data from all 10 provinces, three territories and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to examine the impacts to the country’s justice system from the groundbreaking decision. The latest figures made available by various governments date from April 30 to June 30.Since the ruling, approximately 1,766 applications have been filed for charges to be stayed because of unreasonable delays.Of those, 204 have been granted and 333 have been dismissed. The remainder are either still before the courts, have been abandoned by the defence or were resolved on other grounds.Still more charges have been proactively stayed by the Crown due to the expectation they would not survive a Jordan application, including 67 by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.Heidi Illingworth, executive director of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime, said 200 cases tossed over delays was “shocking” and very painful for victims and their loved ones.“The system is failing everyone. It’s failing victims, it’s failing accused, it’s failing everyone who is working in it,” she said.“We can’t have this situation where the public lacks faith in the justice system, and that’s what we’re starting to see happen.”Determining whether stays have increased since Jordan is challenging because most provinces did not track applications based on the previous framework for determining unreasonable delay.Ontario reported that 65 stays were granted due to delays in the fiscal year 2015-16, meaning the number increased slightly after Jordan to 76.Manitoba said no unreasonable-delay applications were successful between January 2015 and June 2016, but two had been granted since the Jordan ruling.A study conducted at Dalhousie University in Halifax shows both applications and stays went up after the decision. In the six months before Jordan, 26 stays were granted out of 69 applications, while in the six months afterward, 51 stays were granted out of 101 applications.Eric Gottardi, the Vancouver lawyer who brought Jordan’s case to the Supreme Court, said the impact of the decision will not be fully known for three to five years.The court provided transitional exceptions for cases that were already in the system before Jordan. The Crown can argue the time the case has taken is justified based on the parties’ reliance on the previous law.Gottardi said it’s unacceptable for a serious case to get to the point where a judge thinks it must be tossed, and the outrage felt by victims, families and the public is completely understandable.“The focus of the anger should be towards the government, in my view, not towards the courts,” he said. “There’s myriad reasons why it got to that point, and most of them have to do with infrastructure and funding.”Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said there are a number of solutions to delays and she expects to introduce reforms in the fall. She also said her government remains committed to reviewing mandatory minimum sentences.Despite a raft of new appointments, there are still 49 vacancies of federally appointed judges across the country, and more than a dozen vacancies of provincially appointed judges.Bill Trudell, chairman of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers, said the Jordan decision has sent an “electric shock” through the justice system.He said he thought the decision went too far, but it has been a catalyst for positive change.“It’s like a protest. Good things may come from protests, even though you might not like the protest at the time.”— With files from Brett Bundale in Halifax, Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreal, Joanna Smith in Ottawa, Allison Jones in Toronto, Lauren Krugel in Calgary and Geordon Omand in Vancouver.last_img read more

Head Coach of Dutch Football Team Says Mohammed Ihattaren Cant Play

Rabat – Ronald Koeman, the head coach of the Oranje, the Dutch national football team, has just made plain his desire to do everything in his power to thwart Morocco’s quest to convince Mohammed Ihattaren to play for the Atlas Lions.Ihattaran, the 17-year-old PSV Eindhoven attacking midfielder whose stellar performances for club have sparked a strong interest from Morocco, his country of origin, and the Netherlands, his birth country, is currently at the center of a tense-looking feud between the two national teams.Both countries have recently called up the teenage player for upcoming matches. Morocco’s newly appointed head coach, Vahid Halilhodzic, has picked the PSV Eindhoven player for his list of pre-selected players for the Atlas Lions’ upcoming friendly games in September.For its part, the Netherlands called up the youngster for a spot in its youth squad for the Euro U21 qualifier game against Cyprus on September 10.Amid heightened debates about which side the young prodigy will pick, Koeman is seems confident that the youngster won’t be picking Morocco over the Netherlands. “Ihattaran cannot play for Morocco in September,” he said in an interview.More than a declaration of intent, the Dutch coach’s firm comments, which he made in a recent interview with Dutch outlet Studio Voetbal, came with the suggestion, as MWN previously reported, that the Dutch are in no mood to let go off Ihattaren.Koeman said just as much in the interview, promising that the paperwork will be made tough for Ihattaren should he decide to pick Morocco over the Netherlands.“In case Ihattaren chooses to play for Morocco, he will have to follow some procedures, including filling in a formal request declaring his intention to join Morocco.”The process Koeman describes has nothing to do with the FIFA regulations dictating a player of dual citizenship’s decision to pick between the two countries he is eligible to represent.The process of filling in a formal request is often the last resolve for a player at club level when his ambitions or well being do not dovetail with that of the club he happens to find himself at.This was the case with Brazil’s Philip Coutinho when he decided to leave Liverpool for Barcelona. It is also currently the case for Neymar, who has formally requested to leave France’s PSG for another European giant.But when it comes to choosing the country a player wishes to represent, the player has no obligation to notify the country he is ditching. As long as he has not played for a given country in an official FIFA game, a player is free to choose any national team he wishes to join.In his interview, Koeman, fully aware of the FIFA regulations, seemed to be exerting pressure on Ihattaren to make his final choice “sooner rather than later.” That comment is a direct, deliberate challenge to Ihattaren’s current position.When asked about Morocco’s interest in him in an interview last week, the teenage player suggested he needed time to think before making his decision. “I am much honored to have been preselected [by the Moroccan coach]. It is a beautiful feeling. But I will not make my decision now,” he said.Between a young and promising Dutch squad setting out to emulate, even revive the country’s past, glorious days and the reportedly well-known tendency among Moroccan parents in the Diaspora to convince their children to choose the fatherland, Ihattaren’s will be a tough choice to make.Meanwhile, for all his strong-willed declarations about making it hard for Ihattaren to choose the Lions over Oranje, Koeman seems to understand that, at the end, and regardless of his pressure, the final call will fully be the player’s—and his parents’.“In any case, the decision is entirely up to him and his parents. But he will have to make up his mind sooner rather than later,” said the Dutch coach. read more

Paul Desmarais remembered by politicians past and present at Montreal tribute ceremony

MONTREAL — Tributes poured in for the late Paul Desmarais on Tuesday in a commemorative ceremony that featured a veritable who’s who of politicians and businessmen past and present.Four Canadian prime ministers, a former French president and five Quebec premiers were among those who attended the tribute to the late business tycoon at the Notre-Dame Basilica.Prime Minister Stephen Harper remembered Desmarais as a humble and generous man who was passionate about Canada.“He was open and frank and was completely unpretentious,” Harper told the audience, which included former prime ministers Jean Chretien, Paul Martin and Brian Mulroney.“This is something I always admired. He never once raised personal business interests with me.“Indeed, the one and only common theme of every subject we ever discussed was his country, Canada: its uniqueness, its prosperity, its challenges, its unity.”Desmarais, who took over a near-bankrupt family business to build a multibillion-dollar empire with political connections on different continents, died in October at the age of 86.The A-list in attendance on Tuesday also included former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has admitted he owed much to Desmarais.When Desmarais was awarded the French Legion of Honour in 2008, Sarkozy said he was president partly because of the Canadian’s advice, friendship and loyalty.On Tuesday, Sarkozy likened Desmarais to a tireless fighter.“Nobody will forget you because nobody has the right to forget your kindness, your goodness and your generosity,” the former president said.“And nobody will forget your love of life. My God, how Paul loved life.”Sarkozy said he was incredibly saddened when Andre Desmarais, a son of the deceased, told him of the death.“It was over. We’d never speak again. My dear Jackie (Jacqueline Maranger, Desmarais’ widow), not a day has gone by since that I haven’t thought about your husband.“In my life I haven’t met too many people with the standing of Paul Desmarais. I will always be proud to say I was his friend.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson Chretien, whose daughter France went on to marry Andre Desmarais, described Desmarais as an “incredible character.”The former prime minister told an anecdote of how he met with Desmarais after being named parliamentary secretary to then-finance minister Mitchell Sharp in the mid-1960s.“I told Paul that I didn’t know anybody in the big business world,” he said. “I asked for his help. Forty-eight hours later, we were having lunch with the president of the Royal Bank, Earle McLaughlin.“That was Paul Desmarais at his best.”Tuesday’s crowd also included Quebec Premier Pauline Marois and predecessors Daniel Johnson, Lucien Bouchard, Bernard Landry and Jean Charest.Also present were ex-media mogul Conrad Black, former Bombardier president Laurent Beaudoin, ex-Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe, former federal Liberal leader Bob Rae and his successor, Justin Trudeau.The Ontario-born businessman remained a staunch Canadian federalist after he moved to Quebec, where he became one of the country’s wealthiest and most powerful figures.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson Desmarais’ path to power began in Sudbury, Ont., where he was born in 1927. He left law school to take over the family’s ailing bus company in 1951.A series of smart moves resulted in the creation of a holding company that in 1968 made a share-exchange offer with Power Corp.With his company’s diversified holdings in insurance, transportation, paper, media, and financial services, Desmarais was one of the most notable members of his province’s business elite, often referred to as Quebec Inc.His empire included Great West Life, London Life and Canada Life in the insurance industry; the Investors Group and Putnam Investments; the Gesca newspaper chain, with its flagship Montreal La Presse; and stakes in the oil company Total S.A. and the Pernod Ricard liquor company.He was discreet when it came to discussing politics.Only on rare occasions did he voice his views publicly. During his last annual meeting as Power’s chief executive in 1996, he extolled his belief in Canadian unity.“My profound attachment to Canada stems from the great liberty and freedom that my ancestors were able to enjoy in building their lives in a new country, the same liberty and freedom which allowed me as a young French-Canadian from Northern Ontario to realize his dream in building a business in all parts of Canada and abroad.”He helped open the door to Canadian businesses in China by leading a commercial delegation there in 1978. He was the founding chairman of the Canada China Business Council.However, it took eight years before Power Corp. launched a business venture there. It now invests in infrastructure projects in China through its stake in CITIC Pacific Ltd.By the time he handed daily operations of the company to his sons in 1996, Desmarais had seen Power’s assets increase to $2.7-billion, from $165-million.Power Corp., through its Square Victoria Communications Group subsidiary, and together with the corporate parent companies of the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail newspapers, owns The Canadian Press.Canadian Business magazine ranked Desmarais as the wealthiest Quebecer and Canada’s seventh-wealthiest person, with a fortune estimated at $4.4-billion.An art lover, Desmarais had one of Canada’s largest private art collections. Two wings of Montreal’s Fine Arts Museum are named in honour of his family.Desmarais also used his fortune to build one of the world’s most exclusive golf courses on his sprawling 75-square-kilometre Sagard estate in the mountainous Charlevoix region of Quebec.He suffered what company officials described as a “minor stroke” in 2005.Desmarais is survived by his wife Jacqueline Maranger, sons Paul Jr. and Andre, daughters Sophie and Louise, as well as 10 grandchildren.The Canadian Press read more

Liberals warned to be careful before approving China bid for Aecon

OTTAWA — The Trudeau Liberals are facing warnings to proceed cautiously and in as transparent a manner as possible as they weigh a Chinese state-owned company’s bid to take over Aecon construction of Calgary.The warnings come in the face of strong affirmations by the Liberal government that Canada’s pursuit of deeper trade relations with China is full steam ahead despite suggestions that such enthusiasm could risk angering the Trump administration during the North American Free Trade renegotiations.CCCC International Holding Ltd. of China has made a $1.5-billion bid to buy Calgary-based Aecon Group Inc., which has a storied 140-year history in landmark Canadian construction and engineering projects such as the CN Tower, Vancouver’s SkyTrain and the Halifax Shipyard.Aecon takeover expected to get warmer reception from OttawaCCCC International has some less auspicious recent history. The World Bank banned it from bidding on construction projects for eight years until this past January because of a bid-rigging scandal in the Philippines.The state-owned company has also been linked to the construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea, which has created high tension between China and several Asian countries.The government says it will review the offer to decide if there is a “net benefit” to Canada as required, but has not made clear whether a national security test will be imposed on the company. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the deal will be reviewed “very carefully” under the Canada Investment Act.Rejecting the deal would anger China, which is anxious to start free trade talks with Canada, and maintains that an eventual deal would provide more certainty for its potential investors in Canada.David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, urged the government to keep its guard up in the face of shifting circumstances with Beijing.“We can’t make every decision with a view to making the Chinese happy. The more you do that, the more bad deals come your way from China,” said Mulroney.“You have to show there are limits to our flexibility. We have real standards and we will live up to them.”Canada needs to pursue free trade talks with China otherwise it will become “hostage to an American negotiating strategy and the fate of NAFTA,” said Paul Evans, of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia.But the government needs to exercise caution when it weighs all investment bids by China, he said.“There is still a high degree of wariness about FDI (foreign direct investment) and particularly from state-owned enterprises,” said Evans.“It’s going to be really important for the government to be both transparent and forthcoming on what are the calculations that lay beneath their decision on either national security or net benefit to Canada.”The Chinese embassy in Ottawa argues the Aecon acquisition is in Canada’s interest, saying it is “purely a commercial activity.”In a statement to The Canadian Press, the embassy said conducting a security review is a matter of “internal affairs” for Canada. But it said the deal would be in the economic interest of Canada.“We have learned that in recent years, a number of Canadian companies, acquired by Chinese companies, have not only ceased to lose and begun to turn out a profit, increased employment, but also entered a broader platform for development,” the embassy said.“There are numerous such successful stories.”The government faced criticism earlier this year when it allowed the takeover of Norsat by China-based Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. without a full national security review. Vancouver-based Norsat makes radio systems and transceivers used by the American military and other NATO partners.In 2012, the Harper government allowed Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd. $15.1-billion purchase of Calgary-based Nexen Inc., in what was then the largest oil and gas purchase by China. But then prime minister Stephen Harper said the takeovers would not be allowed to continue unless there were in “exceptional” circumstances.Wariness about deepening ties with China surfaced again this past week.Following a similar warning this spring from the former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, ex-industry minister James Moore, also a member of the government’s NAFTA advisory panel, said Ottawa risks angering President Donald Trump if it pursues free trade talks with China. Trump has a history of anti-China rhetoric.Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and a spokesman for International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne have since dismissed Moore, saying it remains in Canada’s interest to push forward, unabated, with China.“There’s an argument to be made that demonstrating that we have a diversification and a broader range of interests than simple dependence on NAFTA might actually strengthen our NAFTA negotiating position,” Trudeau said. read more

Mens basketball Ohio State can now focus on opportunity for momentous statement

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) speaks with head coach Chris Holtmann in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorChris Holtmann was honest after Ohio State’s win against The Citadel Tuesday night. It didn’t mean much of anything.Especially not with the reigning national champion No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels next on the schedule.“I thought this was an opportunity … for us to see guys play a little bit,” Holtmann said after Tuesday’s game. “I don’t know outside of that how much we can take from a game like this, to be honest, outside of the fact that we handled the ball a little bit better.”The Buckeyes are 10-3, ranked No. 46 in KenPom as of Tuesday night and actually might have a shot of pulling off an upset that few thought was possible at the beginning of the year, when disarray and uncertainty flooded the halls of the Schottenstein Center.But to the surprise of many, Ohio State has played solid basketball this season.Sure, there have been spurts of inconsistency, but in the big picture, Holtmann has maneuvered through the majority of the nonconference schedule with no bad losses on its NCAA Tournament resume and won two could-be pivotal conference games — at Wisconsin and home against Michigan.If there’s one area that Holtmann has yet to impress the college basketball landscape in, its his team’s record against teams currently inside the KenPom top 50. It sits at 1-2, including a 27-point loss to No. 12 Gonzaga at the PK80 in Portland.The one chance Ohio State has had to step into the ring with the heavyweights, it faltered mightily.It has a chance at redemption Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in New Orleans.The Buckeyes were just four games into the season when it squared off with Gonzaga. No one knew much about what type of team the Buckeyes were, including Holtmann and his first-year staff.“We got off to a 4-0 start and got really humbled out in Portland our first game, by just a team that’s flat-out better,” Holtmann said Tuesday.That game meant Ohio State couldn’t hang with the blue-bloods. At least for the moment it couldn’t. Since then, Holtmann has seen his team grow into one that can make stops when it has to, come back from 20-point deficits, but also blow double-digit leads.After losing to Gonzaga in the PK80 Invitational, Ohio State won 79-71 against Stanford. However, two days later, it blew a 15-point lead late and lost in overtime 67-66 to Butler, KenPom’s No. 53 team.The last loss the Buckeyes had was a 14-point loss to Clemson on Nov. 29, which doesn’t look as bad now, given Clemson’s 10-1 record with a win at Florida — a team that beat Gonzaga at the PK80.Ohio State responded from that game by handing the Wisconsin Badgers their largest loss in the history of the Kohl Center, and beat a Michigan team that has since beaten UCLA and Texas.Game No. 5 was a complete mismatch versus a team Ohio State wasn’t ready for. Game No. 14 is another blue-blood that Holtmann hopes his team is ready for by now.Notebook:Backups get extended lookOhio State rolled with a young lineup Tuesday night for a solid majority of the game. Andrew Dakich, Kam Williams, Musa Jallow or Andre Wesson, Kyle Young and Micah Potter were on the court for several minutes together, which Holtmann said happened because of the flow of the game.“We won’t typically sub like that the rest of the year,” he said. “The reality is when you get into league play consistently … it’s going to be about 8-, 9-, in some cases 10-guy rotation. So seeing some of those guys in extended minutes was good.”Adding to that, seeing Young and Potter, specifically, play extended minutes was encouraging, for the two are coming off ankle injuries. Young played 13 minutes in his return Saturday against Appalachian State and Potter played just one minute. Tuesday, Potter played 19 minutes and Young played 12.Moving forward, depth is going to be a key factor in Ohio State’s ability to keep top scorers Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate fresh in moments late in the second half when they’re needed most.“[Potter’s] got to earn his minutes back. So does Kyle,” Holtmann said. “The way you do that is you impact winning.”JaQuan Lyle talks about why he left Ohio StateFormer Ohio State point guard JaQuan Lyle quit the team back in April, and later transferred to New Mexico where he has to sit out a season, per NCAA transfer rules. Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch interviewed Lyle at halftime, who said he left Ohio State because he didn’t have trust in the prior coaching staff.From The Dispatch:“I just felt like it was best that I went somewhere else. I didn’t feel like I could be successful both on and off the court here, so it was best for me to start over somewhere fresh and somewhere new.”Bates-Diop continues stellar playIt was an efficient night for the redshirt junior. He was 7-of-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc for 17 points in 18 minutes. Here’s what The Citadel coach Duggar Baucom said about Bates-Diop:“Bates-Diop, I think he’s going to play at the next level.” read more

How to be a gamer on the cheap

first_imgVideo games are not a cheap hobby. In addition to the base costs of consoles or updating PC hardware, at $50-$60 games are some of the most expensive media you can consume. To be fair, if you calculate the hours of entertainment per dollar spent, many games probably come out ahead of seeing a movie in the theater or even buying music. But because gaming requires so much money up front, it comes with greater risk — you’re out a lot more cash if you don’t like a game you bought than if you don’t like a movie you see. There are some good ways to cut back on your gaming budget, though, beyond just trading in your old titles. None of these approaches is going to have all the conveniences of buying the latest game at retail, but if you can make a few sacrifices you can get your gaming fix for way less.Keep up with salesThe most basic way to trim your gaming budget is to keep an eye out for sales, and there are several good places to begin.The community at CheapAssGamer.com always stays on top of the latest deals. It’s always a good place to check before making a purchase. Our friend at LogicBuy.com aren’t bad either.Steam is well known for doing regular specials, including their annual Summer sale. They also frequently sell multiplayer games in 4-packs at reduced prices, so you can get a better deal if you’ve got three friends who go in on a game with you.Amazon frequently offers promotional credits on their pre-orders, as well as a “pre-order price guarantee” — if the price fluctuates before launch, you’ll pay the lowest price it hits. GameFlyGamefly is essentially Netflix for games, so it carries with it the same common pitfall: rentals that just sit on your coffee table for ages, long after you’ve spent more than their cost in monthly subscription fees. But if you use Gamefly as your primary source for console and handheld games, it’s a very good deal. For $16/month you can have one game out at a time, so even if it takes you three months to finish a $60 game you’re coming out ahead. For an even better deal, grab a 1-year gift certificate ($156, or $13/month) and redeem it yourself.If you’re going to use GameFly, though, know that there are a few important tips for getting new releases. When a game you want is about to come out, you have to make sure it will be the only thing available on your rental queue. If you have an older “available now” game on the list, it’s likely that GameFly will send you that, even if you’ve sorted the brand new title higher. You’ll also need to make sure to send your previous rental back in time for the new game’s release day.If you’re the sort of gamer that goes to midnight releases, so eager to play the newest thing that you can’t wait, GameFly isn’t for you. The service usually ships new games on the release date or the day before, which means it won’t actually arrive until at least a couple of days after.Live in the pastGames are expensive, but the high prices don’t stay for long. If you can hold off on buying a game for even a few months, you can get it at a discount when it’s no longer the newest, hottest release. In fact, it’s not uncommon for popular $60 titles to hit $20 six months later. Obviously this approach isn’t for the impatient, and it means you won’t be playing and talking about a game when most other people are. But even if you can pick a few games each year that you can wait on, living in the past can save you a good bit of money.Go indieThe indie game scene has exploded in the last few years as digital distribution has made it easier for small teams to get to market. Not only are independently developed games almost always $20 or less, they’ve proven to be a source of fresh and interesting ideas, which is why games like Fez, Bastion, and Braid have been so talked about. You can find indie games on almost any platform, but the best deals are PC and mobile versions in the pay-what-you-like Humble Indie Bundles. Another benefit to independent games is that you can sometimes get early access to them. After Minecraft’s success with the paid-beta model, more indie developers started letting fans buy their way into the unfinished code.Free!The free-to-play model has become very popular recently, and for a budget conscious gamer it’s a good trend. Most free to play games are competitive multiplayer, like League of Legends and Team Fortress 2, but there are exceptions like the massively co-op Realm of the Mad God. If you don’t mind lighter experiences, there are also plenty of free games available on social networking sites, like Facebook and Google Plus, and on mobile platforms.Final thoughtsAt the end of the day, the easiest way to get the games you want, as soon as they release, is often to buy them at retail. But if you can give up a little of that convenience, you can avoid the higher costs that come with it. None of the individual approaches above may fill all your needs, but combining a few that work for you can definitely shave a few dollars off of your gaming budget.last_img read more